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Woman's tiny house stolen from south city found in Jefferson Co.

KSDK-TV St. Louis logo KSDK-TV St. Louis 12/19/2018 Chris Davis, Dori Olmos

HOUSE SPRINGS, Mo. - The tiny house that was reported missing from south St. Louis was found Wednesday morning, officials confirmed.

The Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak reported the tiny house was found—of all places—in House Springs, Mo.

But there's even more good news for owner Meghan Panu. Ives Towing in Hillsboro is towing the house back to her for free. Sheriff Marshak called it an early Christmas present.

Panu’s tiny house was sitting on Michigan Avenue in the Benton Park West neighborhood when it was stolen over the weekend. She had been gradually building the home piece by piece.

"It’s not just a trailer that was stolen, or car, it’s an actual home," she told 5 on Your Side Sunday.

RELATED: Owner hopeful someone will spot her stolen tiny house

Over the last two years, with the help of friends, she's been building her dream home.

The owner of Refab agreed to let her park it on the street. She was preparing to move it to a lot she had picked out when she got a call Saturday morning.

"He asked if I had moved the tiny house overnight and when I said no, he had the unfortunate news that they hadn’t, and it was likely taken," she said.

Panu said it was difficult to get her home insured because most insurance companies struggle to classify what it should fall under.

She also said she had a trailer lock on it, but the crooks must have bypassed it somehow.


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